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keep your chin up

keep your chin up


  • be stalwart and courageous in a tough situation
  • remain brave and keep on trying
  • a confident appearance under emotional stress
  • to uphold a jolly temperament instead of disappointments

Example Sentences

  1. Don’t let the difficulties intimidate you; keep your chin up.
  2. Even if things have been difficult for you, always keep your chin up, everything will be normal and alright soon.
  3. Hey, Bob keep your chin up, we’re not lost yet.
  4. Being a wife of a soldier she kept her chin up when she heard the enemy attack on military camp, where here husband was staying.
  5. My mom always taught me to keep my chin up in every situation if I want to win.
  6. Keep you chin up, we shall conquer this difficult time.
  7. Annabel is very hardworking lady, she faced many seriously bad circumstances in her life, but she had always kept her chin up and now she is a successful and rich lady living happily with her family.

This idiom is originated in Victorian era, from late 19th to early 20th century in America not in Britain and it has a close relationship with the expression “keep a stiff upper lip”.

The very first written reference appears from an October, 1900 publication of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Evening Democrat: “Keep your chin up. Don’t take your troubles to bed with you – hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth.”

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  • Expression: Nanette Rauth writes on 21 May, 2017

    We had a dear friend found at the age of 36yrs dead with his chin balanced eveningly on his night table also on his knees. As you know this was a frightening discovery, the phrase “keep your chin up ” May be what. His killer was stating to us through him.

    • Expression: Nanette Rauth writes on 21 May, 2017

      Technically, is not on my most desirable pep talk terms. Thanks for listening.

  • Expression: Kavita writes on 15 April, 2016

    This idiom inspired me a lot and it’s really good to keep your chin up when things are not okay for you. I would like to add one example: My brother is a brave man, he always keep his chin up.


  • Expression: buttface writes on 13 January, 2016

    yeah he is right

  • Expression: muha omer ahmed writes on 15 December, 2014

    be happy

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